We have gathered tonight, for a very specific purpose – to celebrate our achievements. Our country is marking 20 years of freedom and democracy.
It is a privilege and honour for me to make some remarks at this important South Africa-Burundi Business Forum meeting.
It is a distinct privilege for us to celebrate 20 years of freedom with you this afternoon.
Twenty years ago, this nation turned its back on apartheid colonialism, statutory racism, hatred and divisions.
Let me begin by extending a warm welcome to our guest of honour, His Excellency President Pohamba.
We are truly honoured that you took time off your very busy schedule to celebrate this historic day with us today, Your Excellency.
As the Department of Arts and Culture, we have always maintained that South Africa has an abundance of artistic talent.
Its an enormous privilege for me to be standing here and to join my voice with those welcoming everybody to MuseumAfrika.
In the words of the Minister,"It took decades of oppression, sacrifice and struggle to get here and our nation is celebrating."
Koketso Growth (Pty) Ltd, a cultural heritage and tourism development body with wide experience in the creation of bronze sculptures for public display, was appointed by the Department of Arts and Culture in May 2013 to undertake the entire process around the creation and installation of the 9m figure of the late Former President Mandela at the Union Buildings.
Today, the 15th of January 2014, marks exactly a month since we laid to rest the founding father of our democratic nation, a global icon and one of humanity’s best servants; Dr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
We gather at the seat of government, a day after laying to rest one of the greatest leaders ever produced by our country and the African continent, our former President Nelson Mandela.
My Fellow South Africans,our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our democratic nation has departed.